Seventh City Championship for Allen McGee

Allen McGee captured his 7th straight OVGA City & District Championship on August 28th (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick)
Allen McGee captured his 7th straight OVGA City & District Championship on August 28th (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick)

While waiting out a fog delay at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club for the final round of the Ottawa Valley Golf Association’s City & District “A” Class Championship, one of the participants commented “McGee’s got his game face on today.”

He was referring to Allen McGee from the Arnprior Golf Club who had taken The Gerald Lees Cup, donated by Dr. P.D. Ross home from the OVGA City & District Championship for the past six years. In 2012, Allen became the first golfer in the history of the competition to win the trophy six times bettering Frank Corrigan, who had previously won the trophy five times. (1932-34 & 1937-38)

After his second round game at Renfrew that he called “a write-off”, Allen entered the final round of the competition four strokes behind the leader Nicholas Brisebois from the Kanata Golf & Country Club. He was also down one stroke to Rideau View’s Adam Kingsbury and two strokes to Cedar Glen’s Kurtis Barkley. Tough competition indeed for 15-year-old Nicholas Brisebois had won the Junior City & District and Juvenile Match Play Championships as well as the Kevin Haime Junior Masters earlier in the year while Kurtis Barkley had won the OVGA Match Play Championship also earlier in the year.

At the end of the day, Allen posted the low score and walked away with the Championship for the seventh consecutive year. While most of the other golfers in the final two groups faltered, Allen’s four consecutive birdies on holes one through four to start his round brought him back into the picture. His round of 67 included seven birdies and three bogies.  While he was aware of the final group and their scores immediately behind him, he wasn’t totally aware of the steady round of 69 that Chris Collins from Rideau View in his group would finally post in finishing second to Allen by three strokes.

As Allen said later, “We were both playing solid, but I was concentrating on playing the golf course.”

Speaking of the Royal Ottawa golf course, Allen indicated earlier that he had not played it well in the past.  Allen also indicated that his fast start was “totally unexpected.” Allen explained what made this an important win for him. “It’s not so much that it was my 7th consecutive win, but that I battled back from behind this time. I’m elated.”

Finishing in third place, Adam Kingsbury had a consistent set of scores ending with his two over par round of 73 at Royal Ottawa. Young Mr. Brisebois found a lot of bunkers at the Royal Ottawa and with his score of 76 finished in fourth place in front of his family members. Rideau View’s Tim Sullivan and Kurtis Barkley ended the tournament in a tie for 5th place.

Allen McGee spoke for the rest of the City & District contestants when he thanked the OVGA officials and all three golf courses that hosted the 2013 Championship – “Dragonfly, Renfrew and Royal Ottawa Golf Clubs were all in great shape.”

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